Senior Scientist Analytical Chemistry

Senior Scientist Analytical Chemistry

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5 May 8 Jun Wageningen

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Job description

Do you have broad knowledge and experience in the field of analytical chemistry? Do you recognize yourself in words as enthusiastic, creative and supportive? Do you have experience with techniques such as GC/MS, LC/MS, HRMS? Do you have a completed academic education (preferably PhD) in analytical chemistry? We are looking for you! We have a vacancy Senior Scientist Analytical Chemistry. Will you join us?

What are you going to do?
At Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR, part of Wageningen University & Research) we are concerned with a safe food chain for humans and animals. Of particular interest in our research is pollution by industrial chemicals such as pesticides, PFAS, micro- and nano-plastics and antibiotics. We analyse compounds such as naturally occurring toxins, heavy metals, food additives and radioactives. These and other environmental pollutants enter the food chain, and lead to undesired human and animal exposure. We want to further enhance our analytical capabilities. Therefore we are looking for a Senior Scientist Analytical Chemistry.

As Senior Scientist Analytical Chemistry you will:
  • Further develop a vision in the field of data processing;
  • Conduct method validations and application of the methods to food and other samples for human exposure assessment;
  • Coach and support technicians in the lab with the analytical hardware, sample analyses and data processing;
  • Manage projects and collaborate with technicians in the lab that conduct most of the analytical work;
  • Develop analytical methods, based on GC-MS(MS) and LC-MS(MS) in the field of analytical chemistry. Both targeted and untargeted approaches;
  • Develop and summarize research results together with colleagues into reports, scientific publications and presentations at meetings and conferences;
  • Further develop and disseminate the field of analytical chemistry and environmental contaminants, e.g. by participating in national and international working groups.
  • Acquire new projects by contributing to the writing of research proposals;


Wageningen University & Research


  • You have a completed academic education (preferably with a PhD) in analytical chemistry;
  • You have at least 7 years of experience in analytical method development;
  • You have expertise in GC/MS, LC/MS and HRMS techniques
  • You’re conscious about quality of results you report;
  • You have a solid understanding of stakeholder management and can communicate with all stakeholders in- and outside of the organization;
  • You have a good oral and written command of the Dutch and English language at C1 level. If English-speaking, the willingness to learn Dutch;
  • It is a plus if you have a network within the field of environmental pollutants.

You will work here
Wageningen Food Safety Research conducts high-quality independent research into safe and reliable food. Most of our work is commissioned by the Dutch government and our main clients are the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). In addition, we collaborate with many national and international partners in a variety of projects funded among others by the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority. We are part of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between €4149,- and €6229,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 12).
Additionally, a contract for 32 hours can be discussed. You will initially receive a two year contract, which will be extended to an open-ended contract upon in mutual enthusiasm.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.
Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.


Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.
Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Technical and laboratory
  • Food
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1221725-1


Wageningen University & Research

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